I first wrote about WOW Air last October, which is an Icelandic ultra-low cost carrier. They’ve been around for a while offering flights between Iceland and the rest of Europe, though finally launched flights between the US and Iceland as of Spring 2015.
While we have some “low cost carriers” in the US, none are to the level of WOW Air, which has super low fares and then charges you for everything, from seat assignments to carry-ons to checked bags. To get a full sense of that, check out WOW Air’s optional fees and charges page.
That being said, if you’re traveling light and have crunched the numbers, they can still represent an amazing value.
WOW Air has $99 all-in one-way fares between the US and Europe for this fall and winter. Specifically, WOW Air is charging $99 one-way for the following routes/dates:
- Baltimore to Amsterdam for travel on Thursdays between October 1 and December 10, 2015, and between January 10 and March 10, 2016
- Baltimore to Paris for travel on Sundays between October 1 and December 13, 2015, and between January 10 and March 10, 2016
- Boston to Amsterdam for travel on Sundays between October 1 and December 13, 2015, and between January 10 and March 10, 2016
- Boston to Paris for travel on Thursdays between October 1 and December 10, 2015, and between January 10 and March 10, 2016
Not surprisingly, these one-way fares actually aren’t available in the other direction. So if you actually want to fly back from Europe to the US on WOW Air, you’ll pay considerably more. Fortunately nowadays most airlines allow one-way awards for half the cost of a roundtrip, so you can always redeem miles in the other direction.
If you want to learn more about the WOW Air experience, reader Gaurav even wrote an awesome trip report a few weeks back about his experience flying WOW Air from Boston to Reykjavik.
WOW Air certainly isn’t for everyone. Not just in terms of the onboard product, but for many it won’t actually end up being cheaper, given how they charge for all add-ons, how you may have to position yourself to Baltimore or Boston, etc.
Furthermore, this sale has extremely limited dates — it’s available basically one day per week for each city pair.
That being said, if it suits your travel plans, traveling across the Atlantic for $99 is an unbelievable value.
Do you plan on flying with WOW Air through one of their amazing fare sales?